According to yonhapnews.co.kr, the South Korean Government is aligning itself to ‘ban’ the Android market. Indeed, “Google Inc. may be barred from operating an Android market place in South Korea, if it continues to circulate game contents without approval from the country’s regulating body, government officials said Thursday.” “If Google does not take any measures, we may block the Android market here,” said Lee Jong-bae, a board official. This could have far-reaching consequences for the Android OS as a whole within South Korea. It should be noted that Android smartphones have been available in South Korea since the middle of…

The Dell Mini 5 seems to be picking up pace at the moment, and the latest development with this piece of kit includes a host of services from Amazon preinstalled to the hardware. The most interesting of which is a Kindle application. We’re reading inbetween the lines somewhat here as all the picture displays is a bullet point staying “Kindle Book Reader Applications”. Nonetheless, to our ears this can mean only one thing. Of course we are expecting the device to already come with Amazon’s MP3 store preinstalled as this is already the case on a number of other Android…

Opera Mini is probably the most popular mobile web browser out there. It makes sense that Android has now received the anticipated upgrade to Opera Mini 5. To put things into perspective, Opera Mobile 4 was made available for Android just over a year ago and since then it has been widely used as an alternative to the native Android browser on most Android based phones or devices. The most noteable updates include the tabbed browsing, which has been available for the Symbian phone version for a while. Indeed, pretty much every smartphone browser supports this now anyway. Also, you…

Originally designed for distribution by OEMs, Swype has reversed course and is opening up its software to the public as a limited beta. The public version of Swype supports HVGA and WVGA devices, English and Spanish languages, and is feature-limited, though Swype does not identify which features have been removed from the OEM version. Initially, spots are limited so point your browser to Swype’s website as soon as possible. If you miss the cut, relax as the beta trial is expected to be expanded soon. [via Android and Me]

Just like in the past, Microsoft have gone ahead and released an application for a competitor’s operating system. Microsoft are well known in the mobile industry for Windows Mobile, which despite what the naysayers chant, is a productive (and thanks to HTC), good-looking platform. However, in spite of developing their own operating system, Microsoft have released a version of their ‘Tag’ software for Google’s Android. Tag is also available on Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 phones. Tag is a free piece of software that effectively turns your phone’s camera into a mobile barcode scanner. It also allows users…

Yeah, yeah, I know.  A lot of videos from me lately.  The latest is a 9 minute demo of the new Connected Media Player that Motorola is putting into the new CLIQ XT (QUENCH) smartphone. It fetches album art and lyrics from the internet, plays Shoutcast internet radio stations, and can search YouTube and other services for related content.  It event lets you post a message to Twitter or Facebook about a song. Here’s the demo running on a Motorola CLIQ – and no, I won’t send you the program. Maybe Moto will include it in the Android 2.1 update…

Google just announced that its Google Earth application is now available for the Nexus One.  Google makes mention of the need for a fast processor and 3D graphics, but does say that other Android 2.1 devices will be able to run it – and even specifically mentions the Motorola DROID for Verizon, which is waiting on its Android 2.1 update.  The HTC Desire and Acer Liquid e will both ship with Android 2.1. Google says that Earth on Android even gets some new features not seen on the desktop version, such as voice search.  The roads layer is supported, and…

An exciting new Google feature has been shown off at this year’s Mobile World Congress recently pairing Google Goggles and Google Translate to work together in a harmonious union.  The specific example shown in the video after the jump, has the demonstrator taking a picture of a German dinner menu with Google Goggles, and having it translate to English only seconds later.  Quite a cool concept that is still under development, but shows great promise. While Google Goggles is still working out the kinks in terms of accuracy, the translation service is working well and even supports text to speech…

There have been a few articles circulating the web on what Franz Och, Director of Google’s translation services, has said about Google’s future of voice to voice translation and that it was a goal of the company to implement it within the next few years.  For those impatient types (and aren’t we all?), let’s forget a few years and grab this feature now.  By downloading two free apps from the Android Market, you can start enjoying this technology at this very moment. The first app, Google Translate, is directly from Google and can do the sort of things you expect…

It seems that DROID users are finally getting some multitouch love from Google, just as the Nexus One did earlier this week.  But unlike the Nexus One, which got new multitouch versions of the browser, gallery, and Google Maps apps as part of an over the air firmware update, DROID users get only a new multitouch version of Google Maps through the Android Market. So if you have a Motorola DROID, hop on over to the Android Market and download the new version of Google Maps (v3.4) to get the multitouch goodness you’ve been waiting for. And if you haven’t…